Why would you want to put an iPhone on a tripod anyway? It’s a carry-in-your-pocket mobile device, right? Well, most of the time. …


Every few years we like to change the pictures around the house. All sorts of artwork gets mixed together, including a few of my photographs.

When it’s time to pick the new shots, I open up the laptop and browse images based on a few general ideas we’ve discussed. One…


Back in the days when I worked in putty-colored cubicles, I had a boss who suggested that we set aside a few hours each week to play. That’s right, play. We were to spend time on activities that were not checkboxes on our ToDo lists.

I fully embraced his idea…


There are three ways I like to connect with other photographers: in person (preferably over a cup of coffee in some beautiful location during a workshop), here on Medium.com through writing, and over the airwaves via my podcast.

In terms of production, podcasting is the most challenging of the trio…


The sweet spot for single lens reflex cameras (SLRs) was when they reached the point where electronics were incorporated to help automate exposure settings, but before manufacturers switched to all plastic bodies. That moment in time represented the best of both worlds.

A good example is the Minolta X-700. The…


After two decades of visiting Maui, I’m still overpacking.
A week that doesn’t require underwear or socks feels unnatural. Standing before the open suitcase at home, I tell myself that I’m going to wear those nice pants and shirts, but in the end, board shorts and flip-flops win every time.


I have a sweet collection of Nikon full frame lenses that span from 28mm on the wide end to a 105mm telephoto. These optics work great on both my 35mm film cameras and the digital bodies as well.

But I’ve found a new use for them that I’m thoroughly excited…


Of all the dark horses I’ve picked over the years, I’ve only had one winner: Apple.

In the late 1990s, I advocated for installing Macintoshes in our communications department when practically everyone believed that Apple was going to shut down. We know how that story turned out.

Unfortunately, my winning…


I was recently talking with a fellow writer about motivation. Her output had dwindled and she was searching for ways to get back in the groove. She felt distracted by life’s obligations.

“If I could only leave my job and dedicate all my energy to writing,” she said.

Most of…


The cameras I use are smaller these days. I had a 35mm SLR when film ruled the earth, then a DSLR when digital took over, and now the Fujifilm X100V rangefinder is my most frequent choice.

I like its form factor. It fits nicely in the glovebox when I’m embarking…

Derrick Story

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